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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology AND have completed 36 credit points in any SCU units

Unit aim

Provides students with a broad understanding of economic activity as a product of complex interactive social forces and social relationships, through which human agents structure socio-economic conduct among social actors. Encourages students to adopt a critical and exploratory approach to understanding the historical, structural, and ecological contexts in which social actors produce, reproduce and change social life.

Unit content

Introduction:   Economy, Ecology & Social Life
Topic 1:          Key concepts and approaches to the “Economic”
Topic 2:          Key concepts in “Political Economy”
Topic 3:          Society & Markets: Values, Prices and Competition
Topic 4:          Economic Growth, Economic Crises & Ecology
Topic 5:          Economic Systems & Social Inequality: Class, Income and Wealth
Topic 6:          State, Economy & Social Policy
Topic 7:          Global Corporations—Local Trade & Risks
Topic 8:          Work, Consumption and Quality of Life
Topic 9:          The Environment & Sustainability: Limits to Growth?
Topic 10:        Community, Social Movements and Democracy
Conclusion:    The Future of Market Society.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 engage in contemporary debates about the (global) economy and its social and ecological impacts
2 analyse the basic principles and concepts in economic sociology, economic anthropology, and political economy
3 analyse key developments and differences in human economies and their ecological contexts through time and space, including the historical genesis of a global world system
4 critically evaluate and develop reflective arguments about the impacts of the global economic system on local actors and communities.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. engage in contemporary debates about the (global) economy and its social and ecological impacts
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. analyse the basic principles and concepts in economic sociology, economic anthropology, and political economy
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. analyse key developments and differences in human economies and their ecological contexts through time and space, including the historical genesis of a global world system
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. critically evaluate and develop reflective arguments about the impacts of the global economic system on local actors and communities.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6: